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Prosecco’s great—we get it. But there’s more to Italian sparkling wine than bargain bubbles. Cutting-edge producers all over the country are making terrific bottles worth paying a little more for. Here, three of our top picks. 

Ray Isle and Carson Demmond
August 12, 2016

Franciacorta

Italy’s most elegant bubbly comes from this Lombardy wine region. Producers have borrowed more than a few tricks from Champagne, including some of the grapes being
used: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 


Go-To Bottle: NV Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Brut ($45).

Lambrusco

Forget the sweet, industrial fizz 
you might have seen in the 
US. Lambrusco, from the Emilia-
Romagna region, has a long artisanal history. The best are dry and complex—not to mention 
red!

Go-To Bottle: 2015 Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce ($20).

Trento

The steep, cool vineyards of the Dolomites foothills, in Italy’s far north Trentino region, are ideal 
for crisp, sparkling wines. Unlike Prosecco, Trento must be aged 
for a minimum of 15 months, which helps to add complexity.

Go-To Bottle: NV Ferrari Brut ($28).

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